In June, the nation will use a four-day public holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

To commemorate 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign, official events will include a Platinum Pageant, Trooping the Color and Service of Thanksgiving.

Across the country there will be hundreds of street parties, special festivities and beacon lighting.

To help you find out what’s happening nearby, InYourArea has created a comprehensive list of events in Sandwich and Deal, through Dover, Folkestone and Hythe to Romney Marsh.

Dover: Afternoon Tea and Emmaüs Sale

When: Wednesday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Or: Archcliffe Fort, Dover

What: The charity hypermarket will have a delicious selection of homemade cakes, sandwiches and snacks under a marquee set up in their beautiful grounds.

Along with the tea party, there will also be items to browse to host your own party, including picnic sets, bric-a-brac, toys and more.

The Platinum Jubilee Tea and Entertainment Sale is free to everyone and no pre-booking is required.

Dover: the children’s rule

When: From Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June

Or: Dover Castle

What: Historical artists, hands-on activities, the outdoors and family fun.
We are in the 12th century and Queen Eleanor is in her regency. Meet the queen when she emerges from the grand tower and practice your bows and bows.

Dover: Platinum Jubilee Picnic

When: Sunday June 5

Or: Pencester Gardens, Dover

What: Head in between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and enjoy a host of family-friendly activities, including a Jubilee Pudding/Cake Contest and bands performing on the pavilion. It will be a great day for the whole family.

Beacons will be lit around the world

Eastry: Queen’s Jubilee Party

When: Thursday June 2 from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Or: Gun Park, Wilmott Place, Eastry

What: Eastry’s “Queen” will open the day’s events, including a performance by The Rock Choir, dance troupe numbers and a fire show by Juggleitall, who will wow the crowd all afternoon with her stilts and her juggling.

There will also be craft stalls, food vendors, coconut shy, cream teas, inflatables, a picnic area, face painting and a beer tent courtesy of The Five Bells.

The “Queen” will judge the Children’s Cupcake Contest and the Adult Pudding Contest, and at 5:00 p.m. there will be a tug of war contest in our arena.

Later there will be a BBQ and live music at the football pavilion, with events ending at 9.15pm with the lighting of the beacon.

Folkestone: Platinum Night and Great Jubilee Weekend

When: Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5

Or: Folkestone bandstand

What: Two days full of events, craft and art stalls, food stalls, as well as the classic vehicle show, Punch and Judy shows, dance demonstrations, hula hooping, circus workshops and a costume contest.

There will also be performances by Town Crier and Bagpiper Scott Elvis and Romney Marsh Morris.

Folkestone: a royal and humid discotheque

When: Thursday, June 2 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Or: Skuba Bar and Bistro, 2 Langhorne Gardens, Folkestone

What: To celebrate the start of a four-day weekend and Lizzie’s endless reign, Damp Disco is hosting a royal event.

Show up in your most regal glamor and wow them with your outfits – they want Royal Royal Royal from all over the world and from all genders.

Learn more here.

Her Majesty the Queen

Folkestone: Tales Through Time: A Good Royal Gallop

When: Friday June 3 and Sunday June 5

Or: Westenhanger Castle grounds

What: Outdoor theatrical performances in a new show celebrating the Queen’s reign by Up The Road Theatre.

Guided by the beaming Lady Rosamund and her passionate employee, audiences can expect fun, laughs and more than a little audience involvement on this whirlwind tour of the last 70 years.

Hythe: City Council Jubilee Celebrations

When: From Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June

Or: In and around Hythe

What: On Thursday, the Platinum Jubilee beacon in the Princes Parade parking lot will be lit at 9:45 p.m., and then on Friday there will be a Thanksgiving service for all churches in Oaklands.

On Saturday, the U3A Swing Band will perform, the Mayor will judge the Best Wreath competition in the High Street and the Hullabaloo Band will play at the bandstand.

On Sunday, enjoy a Jubilee picnic from 1pm, plus there will be live music, a bouncy castle, circus workshop and face painting.

Hythe: Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Special

When: From Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June

Or: Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

What: All aboard the Platinum Jubilee Special and take the little train from Hythe to Dungeness and back.Visit Hythe Tea Room for royal afternoon tea sessions, with other activities planned.

Check the train timetables here.

Sandwich: Jubilee Holiday

When: From Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June

Or: Hotel Fleur De Lis, Rue Delf, Sandwich

What: Enjoy the four-day bank holiday weekend in style, with several days of street parties and music at Fleur De Lis. Full details of the music lineup and event plans can be found here.

Learn more here.

Jubilee post box topper at Minster photographed by Teresa Leggett

St Margaret’s: Jubilee Celebration

When: Saturday June 4 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Or: St Margaret’s Cricket Club, Glebe Close

What: A village fete, concert and party to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The day will feature stalls, entertainment and games, including a beauty pageant, talent show and royalty-themed dress-up contest, as well as an inflatable slide, obstacle course and double game of gladiators for kids with live bands and a DJ in the evenings.

Learn more here.

Tenterden: Jubilee celebrations

When: From Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June

Or: Tenterden, Kent TN30

What: On Thursdays there is the lighting of the lighthouse in the recreation ground at 9.45pm, preceded by a special service in St Mildred’s Church.

On Saturday, the Platinum Party and Palace event will be broadcast live from Woolpack Barn, with a Jubilee Dinner Dance taking place at St Michael’s Village Hall.

Then on Sundays the Big Jubilee Picnic takes place at the Tenterden recreation ground. There is also a four-day exhibition at City Hall.

Preparations at the Mall in London | Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Walmer: City Council Jubilee Celebrations

When: Saturday June 4

Or: The Green, Walmer

What: Enjoy a giant party that coincides with the launch of the Best of Kent Food and Drink Festival.

Demonstrations at Checkers Kitchen will trace the evolution of the world of festive food throughout the Queen’s reign, as well as a series of events and exhibitions tracing the evolution of the world of fashion and transport.

The highlight will be a special Jubilee concert, at 7 p.m., featuring children, choirs and local musicians.

Whitfield: Queen’s Jubilee Celebration Day

When: Saturday June 4

Or: Pink Rock, Whitfield

What: Live music with heroes, two hour premium children’s show with Mickey the magician, then solo artist Karl and karaoke.

Learn more here.


In addition to this list, 24 voluntary and community organizations in Kent have received grants from Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund to help people come together to celebrate.

You can read the events here.

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